The longer I follow the Arduino Forum the more obvious it is that people are asking virtually the same questions over and over and over ...
Don't the longer standing members ever get tired of repeating the same old answers?
How do they find the energy to open yet another query about the green square on the left/right of the red/blue?
And yet this is another one of those same threads..
OR ... Isn't the whole Forum falling short of its potential by not having a better system that (a) helps newbies to find relevant stuff even when they are not sure of the terminology and (b) that helps the helpers to point the newbies to the answers without having to repeat everything?
Clearly the recommendation to read the stuff before you post is widely and routinely ignored - so more of that isn't the solution.
Most of these newbies just pop in once or twice to shoot their question and wait for answers.
Lots of them won't reply to follow up questions and very very few will say thanks for an answer.
What makes you think for a second they even try to use any search option, no matter how well it will return some fitting threads ?
I believe things would be much more useful if posts could be tagged with topics picked from a list (e.g. stepper motor, Xbee shield, whatever) so that it would be easy for newbies to find relevant posts and to be told where to look. In the concept I have in mind additions to the list of topics should be subject to approval by the moderators to keep the list as short as practicable and so that there is no possibility of silly hair-splitting or accidentally having competing names for what is essentially the same subject.
I wouldn't be in the least surprised if other readers have much better ideas.
Do you have or know of a Simple Machine Forum option / plug in / whatever that offers such functionality ?
Or this functionality for other forum software that will still be affordable ?